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Jackie magazine was the British equivalent of Tiger Beat. At its 1970s peak, 600,000 copies were sold each week. Its fashion tips, romance advice, and celebrity gossip were passed around sleepovers from London to Leeds. Each issue was lit up with pictorials of boyish heartthrobs. The Monkees, the Osmonds and David Cassidy were favorites.

The pin-up for the October 7, 1967 issue was an interesting choice. It was Pink Floyd, the same band whose dark, druggy, and musically and thematically complex albums have become classics.

The four young men are decked out in spotless mod attire, their hair slick and shiny as they grant the camera half-smiles. Lead singer Syd Barrett, always off cue, is closing his eyes.

The band wound up in the magazine despite—or, perhaps, because of—the fact they were far from stars then. The editors of Jackie had never heard a Pink Floyd record because there wasn’t one when the pictures were snapped.

According to Echoes: The Complete History of Pink Floyd by Glenn Povey, the photoshoot happened on Feb. 6, 1967, five days after the band signed to EMI and five weeks before they released their transgressive first single, “Arnold Layne,” about a transvestite. EMI had recruited the band from the London club scene and quickly scheduled two photo shoots, one for Jackie and another for a magazine called Fashion 208, presumably anticipating they’d be published when Pink Floyd had material out. Their psychedelically flavored first record, The Piper at the Gates of Dawn, came out two months before their Jackie pin-up did.

Launched in 1964, Jackie was all about the latest pop stars. Engelbert Humperdinck, the Dave Clark Five, the Rolling Stones and, of course, the Beatles appeared on covers. So it was up for featuring the latest EMI signee without having actually heard them. (The magazine shuttered in 1993, its circulation dwindling as it resisted the trend of juicier, more sexually explicit magazines.)

The line between teen pop and substantive music was blurred to magazines back then. In the U.S., a writer for 16 Magazine experienced a “dream day” with Jim Morrison of the Doors and a kiddie publication called Teen Scoop offered a vinyl record interview with Simon and Garfunkel as a bonus.

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How to Make Miles Davis’s Famous Chili Recipe
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Miles Davis, who was born on May 26, 1926, was one of the most important and influential musicians of the 20th century, and changed the course of jazz music more times in his life than some people change their sheets. He was also pretty handy in the kitchen.

In his autobiography, Miles, Davis wrote that in the early 1960s, “I had gotten into cooking. I just loved food and hated going out to restaurants all the time, so I taught myself how to cook by reading books and practicing, just like you do on an instrument. I could cook most of the great French dishes—because I really liked French cooking—and all the black American dishes. But my favorite was a chili dish I called Miles's South Side Chicago Chili Mack. I served it with spaghetti, grated cheese, and oyster crackers."

Davis didn’t divulge what was in the dish or how to make it, but in 2007, Best Life magazine got the recipe from his first wife, Frances, who Davis said made it better than he did.


1/4 lb. suet (beef fat)
1 large onion
1 lb. ground beef
1/2 lb. ground veal
1/2 lb. ground pork
salt and pepper
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. chili powder
1 tsp. cumin seed
2 cans kidney beans, drained
1 can beef consommé
1 drop red wine vinegar
3 lb. spaghetti
parmesan cheese
oyster crackers
Heineken beer

1. Melt suet in large heavy pot until liquid fat is about an inch high. Remove solid pieces of suet from pot and discard.
2. In same pot, sauté onion.
3. Combine meats in bowl; season with salt, pepper, garlic powder, chili powder, and cumin.
4. In another bowl, season kidney beans with salt and pepper.
5. Add meat to onions; sauté until brown.
6. Add kidney beans, consommé, and vinegar; simmer for about an hour, stirring occasionally.
7. Add more seasonings to taste, if desired.
8. Cook spaghetti according to package directions, and then divide among six plates.
9. Spoon meat mixture over each plate of spaghetti.
10. Top with Parmesan and serve oyster crackers on the side.
11. Open a Heineken.

John Szwed’s biography of Davis, So What, mentions another chili that the trumpeter’s father taught him how to make. The book includes the ingredients, but no instructions, save for serving it over pasta. Like a jazz musician, you’ll have to improvise. 

bacon grease
3 large cloves of garlic
1 green, 1 red pepper
2 pounds ground lean chuck
2 teaspoons cumin
1/2 jar of mustard
1/2 shot glass of vinegar
2 teaspoons of chili powder
dashes of salt and pepper
pinto or kidney beans
1 can of tomatoes
1 can of beef broth

serve over linguine

New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists

Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or recovering from a breakup, a well-curated playlist makes all the difference. If you don't have time to pick the perfect songs manually, services that use the AI-driven system Sonic Style may be able to figure out exactly what you have in mind based on your request.

According to Fast Company, Sonic Style is the new music-categorizing service from the media and entertainment data provider Gracenote. There are plenty of music algorithms out there already, but Sonic Style works a little differently. Rather than listing the entire discography of a certain artist under a single genre, the AI analyzes individual tracks. It considers factors like the artist's typical genre and the era the song was recorded in, as well as qualities it can only learn through listening, like tempo and mood. Based on nearly 450 descriptors, it creates a super-accurate "style profile" of the track that makes it easier for listeners to find it when searching for the perfect song to fit an occasion.

Playlists that use data from Sonic Style feel like they were made by a person with a deep knowledge of music rather than a machine. That's thanks to the system's advanced neural network. It also recognizes artists that don't fit neatly into one genre, or that have evolved into a completely different music style over their careers. Any service—including music-streaming platforms and voice-activated assistants—that uses Gracenote's data will be able to take advantage of the new technology.

With AI at your disposal, all you have to do as the listener is decide on a style of music. Here are some ideas to get you started if you want a playlist for productivity.

[h/t Fast Company]


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